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Problems ahead with truck stop plan

| December 3, 2020 1:00 AM

I’m writing to warn of the dangerously expensive traffic and environmental boondoggle being created by the proposed Love’s Truck Stop on I-90 at exit 174.

First, let me touch on the size and scope of the project. It will be located on the south side of I-90. A 14.5 acres parcel south of Prichard and north of Sage Road, a residential street. It will have a typical truck stop store and restaurant with car fueling islands, truck fueling stations and overnight truck parking for 90 trucks.

That’s right, 90 trucks. Can you imagine the noise and exhaust fumes that will be created by that scenario or the traffic boondoggle created as hundreds of interstate trucks and local traffic attempt to enter and exit I-90 as they cross back and forth over the I-90 overpass?

Love’s is going to spend millions building this project, but what will it cost us, Love’s neighbors, in lost home values? What about the tax dollars it will take to correct the traffic problems they are creating or the accidents caused and the lives lost because of those traffic hazards.

My neighbors and I have fought this about as far as we can, and despite our best efforts and 1,400+ opposing petition signatures, it seems the decision to zone that area commercial years ago is going to trump all of our concerns.

I would however, appeal to Love’s and the controlling government agencies to please reconsider or at a minimum mitigate the impact of this ill-conceived project. There are several much more suitable sites available.

Lew McCullough

Moses Lake